Cardinals erase early deficit, pick up 5-4 win against Philly

The St. Louis Cardinals rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 5-4 on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. The Cardinals and Phillies are now tied at 1-1 in the National League Division Series.

The Phillies started off strong with a three-run first inning against Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both drove in runs in the inning, sending the crowd at Citizens Bank Park into a frenzy.

In the second inning, Hunter Pence drove in a run against Carpenter to make the score 4-0. Carpenter was tagged for four earned runs in just three innings of work.

Cliff Lee struggled for the Phillies, surrendering five runs on 12 hits in six innings of work. Lee also struck out nine batters but was charged with the loss.

Ryan Theriot, Jon Jay and Rafael Furcal helped St. Louis move to within one run with RBI hits in the fourth inning. St. Louis would tie the game in the sixth and take the lead in the seventh.

Jason Motte closed out the game for St. Louis with a four-out save. The St. Louis bullpen surrendered just one hit in six innings of work.

Game 3 will be in St. Louis on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Photo by Nick LaRosa (iPhone 4)

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